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Chernobyl Diaries (15)

Chernobyl Diaries (15)


Six tourists hire an extreme tour guide who takes them to the abandoned city Pripyat, the former home to the workers of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor. During their exploration, they soon discover they are not alone.

The critical consensus

The early stages of Chernobyl Diaries promise some tension, with Diatchenko an engaging, enigmatic focus, but visual effect supervisor-turned first time director Bradley Parker quickly runs out of creative ideas, making this disaster-tourism trip well worth avoiding.

**(*)(*)(*)Eddie Harrison, The List, 12/06/2012

A shameless repackaging of boilerplate horror clichés, the fallout here is boredom.

**(*)(*)(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 17/06/2012

A better film might have been able to justify the characters’ actions as the credible responses of panicked individuals in a disorientated state, but here it’s hard to escape the notion that they do stupid things purely so the story can progress. Not that it really does progress.

**(*)(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 21/06/2012

One instance aside, Chernobyl Diaries is lacking in laughs and ingenuity. It is content to stick to the script laid out in countless movies before.

**(*)(*)(*)Alison Rowat, The Herald, 21/06/2012

Diaries is dark and gruesome, but with little in the way of genuine shock or surprise, you should expect the expected.

**(*)(*)(*)Ken McIntyre, Total Film, 21/06/2012

As sinister presences emerge from the shadows, it gets dull.

**(*)(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 21/06/2012

The group-in-peril plot you'll have seen many times before but you'll not forget that town in a hurry.

**(*)(*)(*)Anthony Quinn, The Independent, 22/06/2012

Doesn’t set out to reinvent the horror wheel but succeeds as solid genre entertainment.

***(*)(*)Martyn Conterio, Little White Lies, 21/06/2012

There's a great idea hiding in there somewhere – shame they didn't find it. And there aren't any diaries...

Mark Kermode, The Observer, 24/06/2012

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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